24 Aug
Erdogan Calls for Snap Election amid Rising Tensions with Kurds

Photo Credit: Associated Press Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan  has announced a 're-run' election following the expiration of a 45-day period in which the newly elected parliament was tasked with building a coalition government. President Erdogan's Justice and Development Party ...

14 Aug
First U.S. Fighter Jets Leave Incirlik Air Base

On Wednesday, the first U.S. manned airstrikes against the Islamic State took off from Incirlik, Air Base in Eastern Turkey. The United States sent six F-16 jets and approximately 300 airmen to the base on Sunday, August 9 after Turkey ...

12 Aug
Syrian Human Rights Activist Freed; Assad’s Relative Arrested for Murder

Photo Credit: SCM Syrian authorities have released human rights activist Mazen Darwish after being detained in 2011 on charges of “promoting terrorist acts” and criticizing President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, spending more than three years in jail pending a verdict. ...

12 Aug
Highlights of the 2014 Human Rights Report on Libya

Political violence following the fall of Col. Muammar Gaddafi has resulted in a widespread disintegration of civil and human rights despite the retention of a parliamentary system. In June 2014, Libyans elected an interim Parliament with a 42 percent turnout. These representatives approved a new administration to be headed by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni. In November 2014, the Supreme Court of Libya invalidated the Thinni administration, dissolving the existing remnants ...

11 Aug
Iraqi Parliament Supports Sweeping Reforms

Photo Credit: Reuters Today, the Iraqi Parliament voted unanimously to approve a monumental government restructuring program set forth by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday. The plan passed with little to no debate, leading the New York Times to call the decision ...

10 Aug
Security Assistance Monitor Spotlight: “Return on Investment” for U.S. Military Aid

The Center for New American Security (CNAS) released a report titled, “Security Cooperation and Assistance: Re-thinking the Return on Investment.” Authors Dafna Rand and Stephen Tankel produce a detailed assessment of the efficacy and implications of the growing ...

07 Aug
Sens. Wyden and Rubio Introduce Bill to Hold Arms Sales to Bahrain

Resolution S.2009, to prohibit the sale of arms and other equipment to Bahrain contingent on reforms, was introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) this week. The bill (text available here) "would block the sale or transfer ...

04 Aug
Tension Increases in Bahrain

Tension has been escalating in Bahrain during recent weeks as the country faces attacks on police officers and threats of ISIS attacks on Shi’a mosques. An aspiring bomber was killed when his bomb detonated prematurely, a police officer ...

31 Jul
United States Assumes Presidency of Community of Democracies

On July 22nd, 2015, the United States assumed presidency of the 27-member Governing Council of the Community of Democracies (CD) for the 2015-2017 term. The CD is a "global, intergovernmental coalition of states" that works to strengthen democratic values and institutions across the world by empowering governments, civil society, and the private sector. Founded by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. Bronislaw Geremek in ...

31 Jul
Hearing: Nomination of Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia

On July 30th, 2015, the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing for the nomination of Daniel H. Rubinstein as Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia. The hearing also included nominees for Ambassadors to the Central African Republic,the Republic of Gambia, the Republic of Benin, and the Togolese Republic. To watch a video of the hearing, click here. To view these notes as a PDF, click here. Rubinstein ...

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